Giving you the music a day early:
The central Arkansas indie rock collective known as Bear Colony returns to the stage for the first time in way too long, appearing at Stickyz for a night of local music. For a May show in Fayetteville, the band played new songs from a long-promised follow-up to their debut We Came Here To Die, an album that included such greatness as the swirling electronica landscape of “Hospital Rooms Aren’t For Lovers.” Joining the electronica-flavored indie rock band will be the indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House, Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Arkansas-bred indie pop/rock from the Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show.
Charles Woods will kick off a double-billed show at The Afterthought, running through a collection of classic soul, R&B and blues tunes such as “Rainy Night In Georgia.” Born into the church, Woods’ sound is a rich, gospel-flavored voice influenced by greats such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor. What follows Woods is the three-man, swamp blues of Voodoo Sauce, a band consisting of ex-Cate Brother and Michael Burks’ bassist John Davies; ex-Windy Austin drummer David McKnight on suitcase bass drum, harp, vocals and electric bull horn; and Bluesboy Jag on cigar box guitar and vocals. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
The summer is still in full swing, and that means another Friday night with the Peabody Rivertop Party, this week featuring the rock cover songs of Donaldson’s Subdue. Formed in 2004, the band has released two albums of original music influenced by bands such as Metallica, 3 Doors Down and several classic rock bands, and will include in their energetic live set a collection of ’80s rock, classic rock, alternative rock and modern rock. It’s the band’s first appearance at the Rivertop so it should be a memorable time. As with every Peabody Rivertop Party this year, the night will be hosted by Epiphany as he emcees the night and spins as well. The party starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up show that goes until after midnight.
Glittercore, the Little Rock indie rock of Tim Anthony, Paul Bowling, India Carter and Shayne Gray, make their return to a Little Rock stage at White Water Tavern with their music that shrieks melodically. The music starts around 9 p.m. with a $5 cover and appearances by fellow acts Matt Anders, who opens as a solo appearance, then Glittercore and then the roaring indie rock sound of The Year of the Tiger.
Here’s Bear Colony with their “Hospital Rooms”: